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A Fed whistleblower on Goldman’s conflicts¬≤

ProPublica excels while the NYT’s DealBook slips

ProPublica's Jake Bernstein reports on the intriguing tale of Carmen Segarra, a former Goldman Sachs bank examiner at the New... More

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Audit Notes: Ginger Baker, $15 minimum wage, fisking Niall

The Cream legend just can’t stomach insipid questions from the press

Ginger Baker, the former Cream drummer, gives the interview of the month to Rolling Stone. Baker is simply not having... More

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T-Mobile shows upside of M&A skepticism

After AT&T’s disastrous attempted acquisition, T-Mobile upends convention

Two years ago, AT&T announced it had agreed to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion. The deal... More

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Too Big to Fail banks still extend, pretend

American Banker reports the big four are sitting on tens of billions of dollars of losses

American Banker's Kate Berry has a very interesting piece on the pile of bad mortgages the big banks still have... More

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The Celebrity Journal

Stars are turning up in the once-august paper for little or no reason

I noticed The Wall Street Journal's "The Experts" back in March when the advertiser-friendly special section ran a story on... More

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Frontline’s landmark ‘League of Denial’

A gripping story of decades of NFL coverup and the deadly consequences

We already know most of the information Frontline presents in its gripping "League of Denial" documentary on the NFL and... More

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The looming debt-ceiling catastrophe

Republicans, inside their media bubble, head for disaster

The Republicans in Congress are holding the debt ceiling hostage—yet again—with potentially catastrophic consequences: "Hand over the Obamacare or the... More

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WaPo eyes FDA access-peddling by academics

At $25,000 a pop, a chance for Big Pharma to influence how their drugs would be tested

We write a lot about Wall Street corruption here at The Audit. But if you ask me, Wall Street's got... More

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Audit Notes: Stuart Varney, German papers, Pando garbage

The Fox anchor tries on the Lou Dobbs faux-populist mantle, fails

Media Matters catches Fox Business's Stuart Varney in a viler-than-usual moment calling in to a radio show (emphasis mine): HOWELL:... More

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Hank Greenberg’s narcissistic and deluded defense of Jamie Dimon

In the WSJ, naturally

This Hank Greenberg column in the Journal on Tuesday is more shameless than your average WSJ op-ed. And that's saying... More

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Audit Notes: DealBook on JPMorgan excuses, Journal-Sentinel, AngelList

Dimon’s in a world of hurt of his own making

The New York Times's Peter Eavis has another excellent story for the paper's often-Wall Street-friendly DealBook on JPMorgan Chase and... More

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Lessons from The Dallas Morning News’s failed paywall

The paper shuns the meter model and flops

In May 2009, Dallas Morning News publisher Jim Moroney told the Senate that a paywall didn't make sense for his... More

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Bill Clinton on deregulation: ‘The Republicans made me do it!’

The ex-president seriously mischaracterizes his record

Bill Clinton sat down with Fareed Zakaria last week on CNN for a typically wide-ranging interview that touched on chemical... More

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The Post on how the Grahams lost the paper (UPDATED)

An excellent report shows how management, beset by industry decline, made things worse

The Washington Post has a fantastic, 6,300-word piece on the events leading to the Graham family's sale of the paper... More

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The Big Lie of the Post-Crisis

The WSJ editorial page says government, not Wall Street, “won” the aftermath

Bill Black is always worth reading and his column flagging a line in a Wall Street Journal editorial is no... More

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Audit Notes: Reuters Next, $11 billion from JPM?, ‘Made in America’ PR

BuzzFeed looks at Chrystia Freeland’s lead role in the flop

BuzzFeed's Matt Zeitlin dives deep into Chrystia Freeland's role in the Reuters Next failure. Granted, this piece has a distinct... More

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Joe Kernen’s bad joke

The CNBCer steps in it with a crack about Indians and 7-Eleven

Speaking of people on Wall Street saying incredibly stupid things, watch this clip of CNBC's Joe Kernen that Media Matters... More

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Audit Notes: 77 and flipping burgers, banks press their luck, Slate

A Bloomberg profile offers a glimpse of the coming retirement crisis

Bloomberg's Carol Hymowitz profiles a retired Oral-B marketing director who at 77 is working two jobs flipping burgers and handing... More

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WSJ buries the lead deep on AIG’s CEO

Benmosche says outrage at AIG bonuses was “just as wrong” as lynchings of blacks

The Wall Street Journal buries the lede in a major way in its Saturday piece on AIG CEO/bombthrower Robert Benmosche... More

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New questions about the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission

Citigroup whistleblower says the panel forced him to dilute his testimony to protect Rubin et al.

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission was always destined to fail. It had an enormous task: Tell us what—and who—caused the... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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